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NJ’s Richardson ‘in his own world’ on mat

North Johnston senior wrestler Justin Richardson works to pin Neuse Charter's Thorn Grove during a quint hosted by the Cougars on Nov. 20 in Smithfield. Richardson moved into the 100-win club on Saturday, becoming the first Panther since 2013 to achieve the total.
KENLY — When North Johnston senior Justin Richardson gets on the wrestling mat, it’s as if he’s suddenly in his own world. Those words, which come directly from head coach Jeff …
School Sports
Jaylen White (34) is too late to stop the acrobatic layup of Cleveland's Walter Ghaffar (5) on Friday night during a contest between the two schools. The Rams won 70-54.

Rams get back on track with win over SSS

CLAYTON — The Cleveland boys basketball team ended what had been a losing skid with a 70-54 win over Smithfield-Selma, while the Spartans continued to slid deeper into 3-A Greater Neuse River …
Cleveland's Hannah Harrison drives to the bucket in the third quarter of a 48-43 win over Smithfield-Selma on Friday night. Harrison scored the first seven points of a crucial third quarter that put the Rams in position to tie the game, then take over the lead.

Second-half rally springboards Cleveland girls basketball past SSS

CLAYTON — After trailing Smithfield-Selma by seven at the half, the Cleveland girls basketball team executed a big second-half comeback to take over the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference …
Pro Sports
Kyle Busch holds up his trophy in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy Cup Series championship on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Busch will race in the Super Late Model Division as part of the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park.

Southern National postpones Thanksgiving Classic

Rain arrived sooner than expected, prompting Southern National Motorsports Park to call off Saturday's on-track activity.  The race has been moved to March 1 —  a week before the CARS …
UNC Notebook
Tar Heels tumble into losing mark in January for 1st time since 2001-02 season

It has been a long time since North Carolina has looked as helpless and hapless on the basketball floor as they have over the past month, as the Heels now have their first losing record (8-9) since …

NC State Notebook
Wolfpack still seeking consistency as ACC heats up

N.C. State has reached the quarter mark of the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball campaign and the Wolfpack has yet to find any consistency, except when it comes to players missing …

Duke Notebook
Tighter rotations mean less margin for error for Blue Devils

Well, what did we learn from Duke’s surprising loss at Clemson? Perhaps the most revealing information was Duke’s 10-man rotation has been more than “coachspeak” from Blue …

ECU Notebook
Despite final loss, Pirates look forward to future with Houston

It was the complete opposite of a storybook ending for East Carolina’s senior class, but the players participating in their final game in the purple and gold maintained following the 49-24 loss …